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While open-plan living does offer numerous benefits to modern home life, it can be difficult to strike the right balance when it comes to privacy – particularly in busy households. Versatile, multi-functional spaces that can be easily attuned to our changing needs sound ideal. But sometimes isolation is important too. We want to help homeowners find the perfect blend – achieving a liveable space that caters for everyone.

From tips on how to keep bedrooms and home offices as quiet sanctuaries to maximising the use of shared areas, we’ll be divulging some savvy interior design tips that will accentuate privacy where needed without hindering functionality.

Maximise multi-functionality in social areas

 A busy, family household can be a noisy and hectic affair, particularly during certain parts of the day like before and after school and meal times. But, maximising the use of shared spaces by creating multi-functional areas can be a great way to maintain a harmonious tone.

Opting for open-plan designs in these integral living areas is a great solution here, allowing you to optimise functionality by using shared spaces for different purposes, simultaneously. For instance, an open-plan kitchen-living room setup is the perfect remedy for mastering dinner prep and keeping an eye on the kids after school – all in a relaxed and sociable environment. With the majority of the household gathered in a central location, other areas of the house will be left noise-free – essential if you work from home or have older kids that need to study.

To give these open areas extra versatility, add interior bi-folding doors that allow you to close or open the space depending on the scenario. You can even install glass-paned doors that will blur the lines between the rooms further, while still providing much-needed privacy and greater flexibility.

Carve out quiet spots

Even in busy homes, it’s possible to create quiet spots away from the hustle and bustle. Whether you want a snug reading corner, home office or a relaxing bedroom retreat, where possible try to locate these areas as far away from the main hub of the house as possible.

Naturally, this isn’t always plausible, but you can minimise the noise in these quiet areas with some clever interior design tricks. For instance, the installation of solid internal doors will work wonders to keep the sound out and even a stud wall on an open landing can be effective in carving out a quiet corner for a home office.

Emphasise privacy with furnishings

Your choice of furnishings can also go a long way to contributing to a quieter, privacy-focused home for everyone to enjoy. For instance, opting for carpets or rugs underfoot and curtains on windows will all assist in absorbing sound – preventing it from travelling all the way through the property.

Similarly, the addition of plush, soft furnishings like throws and cushions in living rooms and bedrooms alike will also soak up the soundwaves. But, beyond noise levels, it’s essential that every household member feels they have their own personal retreat. This is most likely to be the bedroom, so optimising each bedroom to feel homely, tranquil and personal is key.

Ensuring every room is equipped with plenty of storage to hide away or display personal effects will allow everyone to personalise their bedroom and feel like they have a haven away from the main hub. If space is at a premium, a stylish ottoman bed with hidden storage is an ideal solution, while built-in wardrobes will help maximise wall and floor space.

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Whatever style and size of house or household you have, we hope these ideas will see you on your way to creating a happy, harmonious abode that delivers the perfect blend of privacy and functionality you can all benefit from.

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